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"Believe that the path in your life is already laid out so all you have to do is have the courage to journey it. Trust all things are possible. Dream Big and set reasonable goals. Stop to rest - never stop to quit on yourself!" -- Julia Stilchen
Children's Book Author & Illustrator
Hi there! I’m Julia, the author of the Kid Lit Science series and Arabelle’s Adventure series. I have more books coming soon! Don’t miss out on my new release by signing up for my newsletter.
I love writing and illustrating for children’s books, from board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and YA. Non-fiction (science stuff) and fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal). I had an early interest for creating stories and developing character designs. At the age of twelve, I wrote and illustrated my first picture book on sketchbook paper and created a book cover for it by painting acrylics on poster paper then stapled everything together. I believe I still have it too.
I was born in Arizona on a military base and grew up in different parts of the United States. Sometimes in other countries. Moving was common as a military brat. I attended thirteen different elementary schools, one middle school and two different high schools. The traveling wasn’t too bad. It exposed me to other cultures and different experiences.
I grew up watching anime (like Sailor Moon!), reading manga, and am drawn to kawaii (cute for Japanese) art and characters. These influenced my illustrative style. I enjoy playing video games (shooters, rpgs, mmos). I even have my own Youtube channel featuring the games I play. I love movies, reading and spending time with my family.
I attended College, first majoring in Computer Animation then two years later I switched gears to major in Graphic Design. I had the opportunity to work at Fox Animation Studios on the animated film, Titan, A.E.
It wasn’t until later that I realized my ultimate passion had always been writing and illustrating books. It wasn’t easy for me because I had struggled with writing and reading as a child, having speech and language delay due to ADHD. I daydreamed a lot in school. Because of the struggles in school, it led me to believe (at an early age) that I didn’t have what it took to be an efficient writer. My papers would come back with all kinds of red marks for bad punctuation and grammatical errors. Believing I was better at art, I focused in that area instead. But the itch to write stories wouldn’t stop and I didn’t want to give up hope of being a writer so I became obsessed with studying the craft of writing for seven years to improve my technical side of writing, however I could, to the point it resulted with writer’s block with my creative side, lol. I learned from that. If you love writing, just write. Don’t worry so much on perfecting the first draft. Just get it all down first. Worry about the technical side after, for editing.
When I’m given the chance to learn what I enjoy, I put my heart into it. And, learning is something that doesn’t stop. I believe if you want to improve a skill or area, being open to learning without putting a deadline on it is a good way to go. I’m still always learning new things.
I enjoy DIY projects as well as being an entrepreneur. I started my own business when I was a single mom, working from home as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. The freedom that came from working for myself felt great! It did take self-discipline because you must make sure you manage your own schedule. Plus, you end up wearing a lot of hats. Besides doing the creative work, I had to market services, manage my projects, and do the billing and bookkeeping. The greatest benefit was that it also allowed me to be there for my child. As time went on, I felt I was missing out on working on my own ideas and projects so I stopped freelancing.
I currently live in the Southeast of the United States with my husband and two children. I’m a military spouse (couldn’t escape the military life) working as an Indie Author. It allows me to have the same entrepreneurial experience as well as having the creative freedom I desire to express my ideas and forge my own path—doing what I love! I try my best to create books with quality, stories filled with action and adventure, imagination and creativity, and hope that my stories inspire others to follow their hearts and dreams no matter what the challenges are.
Arabelle & The Star Crystal (Book 1 in the Arabelle's Adventures series) - written and illustrated, 2017
Little Astronomer: Journey Into The Solar System: From The Sun To Eris - written and illustrated, 2015
Astro-Tot: The Solar System - Written and Illustrated, 2015
Koala Loves Hearts - Storybook app written and illustrated, February 2012
ABC Exercise With Me - written by Julie Gomez (illustrated by Julia Stilchen), 2005
Morpha Girl - SuperHERos Volume 2, 2014
Fade to Black - Ghostly Echoes: Spooky Tales from Around the World, Sept. 2014
Escape at Hellion's Sea - Teapot Tales: Pirates, Mermaids & Sea Monsters, Aug. 2014
Crimson. Teapot Tales: A collection of unique fairy tales, June 2013
SuperHERo Tales V2. (illustrated book cover) Melusine Muse Press, 2015
SuperHERo Tales V1. (illustrated book cover) Melusine Muse Press, 2013
Between 2005 - 2007, I worked directly with both self publishing writers and several publishing companies to design their book covers as a freelance book cover designer and illustrator. I can't remember in what order these were designed first so I am just listing the titles, publisher/writer. Here are just some of the books I did covers for:
A Soul Fool. American Books Publishing
Dead In Time. American Books Publishing
Famine. American Books Publishing
Miracle Junction. American Books Publishing
Mishaps of a Supermom. American Books Publishing
The Ultimate Need. American Books Publishing
A Girl Thing. American Books Publishing
Hearts. American Books Publishing
Tricked Truths. Whiskey Creek Press
Joust in Time. Whiskey Creek Press
Insatiable Passion. Whiskey Creek Press
The First Lady of Music. C. Yvonne Hooper
Out of Sight Living. Blake Lindsay
Blood Web. Charles River Press
_The Last Blackrobe of Indiana & the Potawatomi Trail of Death. Charles River Press
You can find my book cover portfolio here!